By Alexandrine Joly. Hardwood Flooring. Published at Thursday, May 16th, 2019 - 19:03:58 PM.
The last thing that a dog owner needs to worry about is urine stains. As mentioned before, vigilance with spilled liquids becomes the number one priority with a hardwood floor. If a dog manages to ”sneak” a urine puddle past you, this can be extremely detrimental to the hardwood floor. The detriment is twofold. The first aspect of a dog's urine stain is that a long-term stain is going to smell. Wood is porous and will absorb the urine deeply into itself. The second is that the stain will be dark, sometimes black. If your hardwood is darker in color, then this won't be such a problem. But if your hardwood floor is light in color, there will be a dark stain on your floor. There are many different products available for this kind of issue. If the floor is really light, drops of hydrogen peroxide left overnight are great stain lifters. But this isn't a solution that should be applied to darker hardwood floors. In short, you'll have to pay even closer attention to your dog's comings and goings. Sometimes those rugs and mats that you have left around high traffic areas are housing liquid (possibly even urine), and it is good to be vigilant about checking them. The fact of the matter is that maintaining a hardwood floor with a dog is a lot of work. You will have to pay close attention to your dog's comings and goings as well as his nail length and whether or not he needs to be groomed. You will also need to stay vigilant with sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. The floor will definitely take some damage as a result of your dog, but it will also take damage as a result of you too. Hardwood floors can be maintained with a dog in the household, but there needs to be a deeper consideration of the potential damage a dog can bring.
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Care and Maintenance – Exotic hardwood floors, like domestic hardwood floors, require little maintenance to uphold their luster. Wipe spills immediately and limit any exposure to water. Regularly dust and sweep to reduce the risk of dirt buildup. Only use mild solvents specifically designed for hardwood floors, making sure to avoid harsh abrasives and scouring pads. A natural cleaner of equal parts white vinegar and water usually works best, but you must be sure to dry the floor completely when finished cleaning. Always use caution when moving large pieces of furniture or heavy equipment across the floor. Although exotic hardwoods are durable and tough, they still have limits and will scratch and dent when too much weight is scraped the wrong way across the floor. Furniture coasters and lifting straps can help protect the life of your floor. Many varieties of exotic wood floors are photosensitive, so avoid leaving them unprotected in direct sunlight as they may change color over time. Close curtains and blinds when possible and use rugs in areas that could be affected.
Some owners (who apparently have an abundance of time on their hands) opt for dog booties when their dog is indoors. This sounds like one of the more tedious methods of dealing with dogs tearing into hardwood flooring. Another solution is dog nail covers. These are plastic caps that you can buy for your dog's nails that stay in place with an included adhesive. They can be purchased in a clear color or in other colors, and they stay in place for about 8 weeks. One of the issues that dog owners have cited with these is that sometimes the nail grows within the cap and the cap needs to be cut off. Dog nails aren't dead and nerve-free like human nails are. They have a vein of blood running through them, and if the nail gets too truncated, there could be pain for the dog.
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